Adrian Punaks

Adrian Punaks

Executive Director of Development
Crystal Apple Winner


Adrian leads philanthropy and alumni activity in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Advancement), in support of UCL’s It’s All Academic Campaign to raise £600m and amass 250,000 volunteer hours.

With 17 years' experience in higher education Advancement, he joined UCL in 2011 having previously worked at Imperial College London, and Birkbeck, University of London. He helped close UCL’s first Campaign in 2011, and was integral in developing UCL’s current Campaign from inception, through to its launch in 2016 and now the approaching £600m milestone in 2020. Within the breadth of UCL’s Campaign, he has played a leading role on a number of principal gifts and significant initiatives, particularly in neuroscience and the innovative Dementia Retail partnership.

He’s been Chair of the CASE Europe Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising since 2019, and served previously for three years as a co-chair of the CASE Europe Annual Conference fundraising track, as well as CASE’s first Middle East Annual Conference in 2018. He was the recipient of the inaugural Iain More Award that recognises the outstanding achievements of a development professional and is a respected advancement professional who regularly speaks at seminars and events. He holds a BA in Politics and International Relations.